Stories

Nora Turner

Ambassador

I LIKE LONG AND PAINFUL RIDES JUST AS MUCH AS ROLLING TO A COFFE SHOP AFTER AN EASY RIDE.

I’m a quite “bipolar” rider, I like the long and painful rides and races just as much as rolling to a nice coffee shop or local bar after a nice and easy ride. The good thing is that both are easily possible in Vienna, where I live. I mainly use my bike to escape the city after work or on the weekend – but I also love going on holidays with my bike, my favorite destination is definitely Italy.

Galina Bodnaruk

Ambassador

CYCLING IS MY BIGGEST HOBBY. I LOVE DISCOVERING NATURE AND RIDE WITH FRIENDS.

I am living in Mataró, Spain, for 6 years already but I am originally from Russia. I am an illustrator, working at Toptal. Cycling is my biggest hobby and I spend a lot of time on the saddle. Usually I ride about 300km per week with 4/5k m D+  and 10/15h. About cycling I like mostly discovering nature and ride with friends.

Sean Sakinofsky 

Ambassador

I AM A CYCLIST WHO REPRESENTS THE FREEDOM OF CYCLING. I AM AN INDIVIDUAL WHO REVELS IN HIS INDIVIDUALITY

I would consider myself a cyclist who adores his freedom and not being confined to time schedules, meeting people to enjoy a ride, I am one that prefers riding into a headwind alone, just hearing the sound of my breathing and alone with my thoughts. If one had to label my riding style I would say I was a Rouleur, and I enjoy riding long distances, I try to average at least 500km per week. Another unique thing about me is that I am not sugar fueled, but fat fueled and fall under the category of ketogenic. I can maintain my cycling mileage without having the need to refuel.

Elisa Vottero

Ambassador

I HAVE A VERY ROMANTIC VISION OF LIFE, THE MOOD REMAINS THE SAME: DISCOVER!

When I'm not pedaling, I have a pair of skis on my feet. In life I am a ski instructor and trainer, I live in France during the winter months although I travel a lot accompanying clients around the world. I have a past as a skeleton "athlete", (sledge upside down to understand) with a couple of missed opportunities, but I remember everything with a big smile. I entered the world of cycling in a direct way and without asking so many questions. One day I decided to leave and so I loaded my gravel with bags and cart for the dog and I crossed Italy. This was my baptism. I never thought that a bike would improve my life forever. I'm not a watt girl, when I get on the saddle I go to the feeling, I go to the adventure.

Köves Lajos

Ambassador

I'D LIKE TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE TO START CYCLING VIEWING MY PICTURES. "GOOD EXAMPLE GIVES POSITIVE MOTIVATION"

My passion for cycling started more than 6 years ago and since then it has been part of my life and my family’s life of course. In the past I had a road bike and during the previous years, I have conquered several mountain passes by bike on asphalt so I thought in 2020 it was time for a real challenge. I got the idea of this new "life" where I am planning to cycle through the Alps and get to the top of these most famous gravel mountain passes. I'd like to introduce you to the other side of the mountains and motivate people to start cycling viewing my pictures.

Jordi Bago

Ambassador

I’M NOT THE TYPE OF AMBASSADOR THAT ONLY DID IT TO GET THE PRODUCT. I TRY TO COLLABORATE TO DEVELOP THE BEST PRODUCTS POSSIBLE

I’m an Enduro and DH rider, with several important results on the board. I work with many international TV shows doing reports and sport programs, including my world training camps, that I organize in several countries always with magazines and TV on it. I’m not the type of Ambassador that only did it to get the product, I try to collaborate with various brand of the cycling sector to develop the best products possible. Last but not least, I also build tracks around the world, last one in the middle of Bogota, Colombia.

Carine Pierson

Ambassador

CYCLING IS A WAY TO EXPLORE LANDSCAPES WITHOUT LIMITS, EXCEPT YOURS. I TRY TO PUSH FORWARD MINE AND IMPROVE AT EVERY RIDE

As a cyclist, I am still a newbie. I started cycling a bit more than one year ago. Before that I practiced running and trail running. As I always wanted to ride a bike and my boyfriend is a cyclist, it was the perfect activity to share good times together. After only a few months on the bike, he took me on a bike trip. We did 1000 km in 10 days. Since then, there is not a day where I don’t think about cycling. Roadbike, adventure bike, Zwifting…are my main disciplines. I ride in the Alps, where I live, and I like to challenge myself to do passes like L’Alpe d’Huez or others that I already planned to do. Cycling is a way to explore landscapes without limits, except yours. I try to push forward mine and improve at every ride. I can do short and fast rides but also very long rides.

Alessandro Tonello

Ambassador

ABOUT CYCLING I LOVE THE FATIGUE AND THE GREAT SENSE OF FREEDOM THAT THIS MAGICAL SPORT ALLOWS US TO LIVE

I work in the world of transport as an express courier, and in between I try to be a level athlete, transforming the bike as the first job and the courier as the second. To make a long story short, the truth is that my days and months are now sketched and all set on the basis of daily cycling commitments. I describe myself as a precise and meticulous cyclist. I try to get the most out of my body and I work very hard to reach it without leaving anything to chance. I'm always looking for the limit, which I haven't found yet, that's why I always have a thousand stimuli and motivations to do better. About cycling I love the fatigue and the great sense of freedom that this magical sport allows us to live, creating unique emotions associated with a great sense of psychophysical well-being. If you start cycling, it's hard to go back.

Timothy Pulleyn

Ambassador

CYCLING NOT ONLY KEEPS ME FIT, BUT IT IS ALSO A HUGE MENTAL BENEFIT AND TAKES ME TO INCREDIBLE PLACES

I’m a laid bike rider. I started with track/fixed gear riding with the urge to be fast and competitive but throughout the years I’ve been cycling I’ve realised the fast you go, the more you miss. I’m here for a good time, not a fast time! Bike packing has really opened my eyes to what’s out there and the possibilities a bike offers. Not only does it keep me fit, but it’s also is a huge benefit to my mental health and takes me to the most incredible places, both locally and around the world.

Emidio Terra

Ambassador

WHY DO I LOVE CYCLING? BECAUSE IT REPRESENT THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF THE SPORT: "YOU CAN'T SAY I'M GOING TO PLAY CYCLING"

I'm an amateur cyclist enrolled in the Italian ACSI championship, specialist on the middle distances. On my saddles I ride about 12 thousand kilometers per year and I participate in the most important Italian Gran Fondo. As a cyclist I am a "rouleur-climber", I love long and gentle climbs, the ones that with the right gear I could do even 40 kilometres without difficulty. I'm passionate about blogging and social networks and in my spare time I try to give advice to all cycling fans like me, on Instagram and on my blog: Cylingforfreedom.com

OMAR DI FELICE

ULTRACYCLIST

A LONG-AWAITED DREAM. OMAR DI FELICE TAKES ON HIS GOBI DESERT CROSSING

After completing the rehabilitation required to recover from an accident suffered during training, on March 3rd the day finally arrived for Omar de Felice to take off for his biggest goal of 2020, the crossing of Mongolia in winter. It’s an intense and extreme experience, especially when it coincides with having to face the difficulties associated with a global pandemic. After having to undergo the forced quarantine that awaited him upon his arrival in Ulan Bator, he set out on his exciting adventure.

OMAR DI FELICE

GRAVEL

OMAR DI FELICE PRESENTS THE NEW ALLROAD FROM SELLE SAN MARCO

Hello and welcome, everyone, A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of testing the new Allroad from Selle San Marco, a product developed specifically for the world of Gravel. I fell in love with Selle San Marco many years ago and since then I have never changed brands. I’ve had the chance to ride with these products on all types of terrain as I’ve travelled the world, and I’ve never had any problem whatsoever. Rather, besides the purely technical and structural aspects, in my opinion even aesthetic concepts are essential when it comes to this historical brand.

MICHELE BERNARDI

ULTRACYCLIST

MICHELE BERNARDI: THE ULTRACYCLIST WHO RIDES HIS OWN BICYCLES

Hi, everyone, My name is Michele Bernardi. I am a businessman, but I am particularly passionate about ultracycling. I started bicycle racing when I was 8 years old. I have to say that as a young kid I was really fast and I even won several races. However, my career ended at the age of 24. Bicycles were my passion but as I grew older I realized that it wasn’t really the competition that appealed to me; I just wanted to experience cycling in a different way. For me, every training session was a journey to discover different places and find new routes. Above all else, the bicycle was a means for me to get around, more than part of a competitive sport.

JESSICA PELLIZZARO

MTB

JESSICA PELLIZZARO: MTB IS IN THE PINK

Hi, everyone, My name is Jessica Pellizzaro and I am part of Team MTB Trek-Selle San Marco. This passion for MTB was handed down to me by my father and my brother. Every Sunday I would go to the races with them, so day by day, I also started to get into this sport. I started pedalling when I was 8 years old. I would go on rides with my dad on the hills around our home, until one day I decided that I, too wanted to participate in an actual race. From there I understood that I loved the world of competitions and I continued racing with my brother, Fabio.

Kilian Bron

Enduro

KILIAN BRON: A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILL RACER…THANKS TO ENDURO

Hello everyone, My name is Kilian Bron, I am 27 years old and I am a French enduro/mtb rider. I compete for the Intensive Mavic Collective, a team we created in 2017 with Isabeau Courdurier (Women’s Enduro Vice-Champion) and Cédric Carrez (our Team Manager). Besides racing, I am also a media manager and I handle communications for some of my sponsors.

Joseph Areruya

Professional Cyclist

JOSEPH ARERUYA’S SPORTS FAIRYTALE: THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN IN THE ROUBAIX VELODROME

Hello, everybody, My name is Joseph Areruya and I ride with the French team Delko Marseille Province. Last April 14th, I had the honour of becoming the first black African to participate in and complete the Paris-Roubaix, the legendary cobblestone classic. I was born 23 years ago in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. I started cycling when I was twelve years old. In my country the bicycle is a universal means of transportation, they are even used as taxis or to haul goods.

ALESSANDRO MOTTOLA

BIOMECHANICS

ALESSANDRO MOTTOLA: HOW BIOMECHANICS CAN REVOLUTIONIZE THE LIFE OF A CYCLIST

Hello, everyone, My name is Alessandro Mottola and I am a bio mechanic technician by trade. I live in Trentino, Italy, where I have established a company called “Ciclismo Tecnico”. It is the first biomechanical centre in the Region specialized in cycling. Every year I help more than 300 athletes, but my first client was actually me. In fact, I started this job out of personal necessity. After a terrible car accident, I couldn’t pedal on my bike like before. One of my legs was very painful and, even though I did all sorts of tests and had lots of doctors’ appointments, I couldn’t solve the problem. I spent a lot of time studying and researching Bio-mechanics. At first it was just a means to resolve my issues; then eventually the subject turned into my profession.

Geert Broekhuizen

TEAM MANAGER

BEAT Cycling Club: a new cycling model

Hello everyone, My name is Geert Broekhuizen and I am one of the founders of BEAT Cycling Club. I live in Gand, Belgium, but I was born in Holland 33 years ago. I was introduced to the world of cycling at a very young age. Actually, I started my career in sports as a skater. Speed skating is a very popular sport in the Netherlands, and many athletes train in summer by cycling. This is where my passion for cycling began. My first working experience was on a women’s cycling team with the ex-sprinter from Holland Jean-Paul van Poppel.

ALESSANDRO TONELLO

VERY NORMAL RIDER

ALESSANDRO TONELLO: A LIFE ON THE ROAD

Hi everyone, My name is Alessandro Tonello and I’m a huge sports fan. I did Alpine skiing competitively for many years. However, after the birth of my son I couldn’t pursue this sport any more, but thanks to a biker friend of mine I started riding bikes. I have to say that thanks to him a whole new world opened up to me, one where I always love to put myself to the test and try to overcome my limits. Anyway, ever since I was little, I always did lots of physical activities and even though I am 33 years old now I find it impossible to give up this lifestyle.

Henk Opgenoort

PILOT

HENK OPGENOORT: A LIFE SPENT ON AIRPLANES AND BIKE

Hi, everyone, My name is Henk and I am a pilot for KLM. I fly around the World, but I am also an avid cyclist. Both of these activities are very important to me, in addition of course to my family; I have two small children with my wife, who also used to work for KLM as a hostess. When I come home to Amsterdam to recuperate from those long flights, I relax by riding one of my two Baum Cycles model bikes and both are equipped with the Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX model.

FAUSTO DE POI

GRAVEL

FROM SOSPIROLO (BL) TO NEPAL: 10,000 KM BY BICYCLE TO DO MY PART TO HELP A GREAT PEOPLE

Hello, everyone, My name is Fausto De Poi and I am a house painter. I was I was born and raised in a small town in the Province of Belluno called Sospirolo 39 years ago and now I feel the inevitable onset of middle age. Last July 15th I set off from Sospirolo by bicycle to ride all the way to Nepal. It was just me, my Verdolina (the name I gave my bicycle) and a backpack weighing 50 Kg to keep me company over the 10,000 Km I intended to ride. You must be asking why someone would do all of this. Let me back up a bit.

Samuele Porro

MTB

SAMUELE PORRO: A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ITALIAN CHAMPION

Hello everyone, My name is Samuele Porro and I’m an athlete from Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I’ve been racing MTB since I was 13 years old. I got into this sport after suffering a serious injury to my knee that prevented me from pursuing track and field athletics, which was my first real passion. My physical therapist suggested I try the world of MTB in order to strengthen the joint, and it was love at first sight.

Ingo Engelhardt

RAD RACE

INGO ENGELHARDT: CYCLING WITH RAD RACE MEANS PASSION AND FUN

Hi, guys, My name is Ingo Engelhardt and I am one of the founders of RAD RACE. What is RAD RACE? To put it simply, our motto is: “Stop Racism - Start Raceism!” It doesn’t matter what type of bike you have, the colour of your skin or your religion. It doesn’t matter where you come from. We here at RAD RACE want to share our passion for cycling with you.

Helene Fruhwirth

ENDURO MTB

I JUST NEED A BIKE AND MY DOG TO BE HAPPY

I mean, what really matters in life? I guess being healthy, surrounded by the ones you love and being able to do things that make you happy; that’s pretty much it. I am lucky. I have it all and I am so grateful. Nothing hurts. I survived a brain tumor. I have a wonderful family and a dog. I have achieved what I wanted in my sport and I can ride my bike whenever and wherever I want. It sounds cheesy but our decisions are ours to make, so make sure they make your heart beat in the right way.

Fabian Rabensteiner

MTB

FABIAN RABENSTEINER AND HIS ABSA CAPE EPIC

Hello, Everyone, My name is Fabian Rabensteiner, and I’m an athlete for Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I have been riding MTB at the highest level for 10 years now. Adrenaline has always been an essential component in my life. In fact, when I was a kid I used to bobsled.

Omar Di Felice

ULTRACYCLIST

OMAR DI FELICE: THE “POLAR” ULTRACYCLIST

Hello, everyone, I am Omar Di Felice, and I am an “Ultracyclist” I fell in love with cycling when I was 13 years old. I was a big fan of Marco Pantani’s and admired his sports accomplishments, particularly his amazing victory at Aprica in 1994.